60 Uplifting Quotes and Encouraging Words for Women

Hello and welcome to Sassy Sister Stuff! I’m so glad you’re here! I invite you to relax and spend some time with these 57 uplifting quotes and encouraging words for women. Here, you’ll find beautiful images and inspirational quotes about self-love, empowerment, happiness, positivity, and gratitude. You deserve to feel inspired and empowered by this peaceful experience that will help you shift your mindset and reset your mood!

You can find more inspirational quotes throughout the pages of Sassy Sister Stuff, too! I hope you enjoy them!

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Sweet, encouraging words for women by Fawn Weaver.

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Uplifting Words for Women About Self Love

Here you will find a selection of my favorite self love quotes. The relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have in your life. You need to learn the art of loving yourself unconditionally so you can be the very best YOU for your loved ones.

Remember what the amazing Oprah Winfrey says about self-love:

Embrace your uniqueness. You are different, your gift is special – own it and unapologetically share it with the world.

Let these quotes inspire and motivate you to demonstrate and feel SELF LOVE everyday.  


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“I know my worth and I’m proud of it. I love myself and I matter.”
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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically HERSELF, comfortable in her PERFECT IMPERFECTION.” ~ Steve Maraboli
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“Self love isn’t selfish. It’s Important.”
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“Self Love”
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“I think something people need to understand is that others disliking you is not a bad thing. When you are embodying your true authentic self, it creates fear in people who still operate from the ego. If you want to grow, heal, and evolve you have to let go of wanting to be liked.” ~ Audrey Kitching
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“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ~ Steve Maralobi
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“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” ~ Coco Chanel
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Do whatever brings you joy and live your best life.
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“My Ultimate Self Love Checklist
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“Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.”
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“Be yourself. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
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“I choose to honor my feelings. I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met. I choose to make self care a priority. I choose me.” ~ Daniell Koepke

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Encouraging Words for Women to Inspire Empowerment

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines empowerment as, “the act or action of empowering someone or somethingthe granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties; the state of being empowered to do somethingthe power, right, or authority to do something.”

Wikipedia goes into further detail about the word and says, “It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and use their resources.”

Today, the term seems to be somewhat trendy in many aspects.

It can refer to empowering groups of people who have traditionally been marginalized. It can refer to advocacy for continuing education and self-help for communities who want to take control of their circumstances. And it can simply refer to encouragement and support for someone who is feeling less than confident.

One of my favorite uplifting quotes of empowerment comes from Mother Teresa:

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Whatever empowerment means to you, I invite you to use these strong women quotes to find your strength and confidence, as well as share these encouraging words for women and uplifting quotes to inspire others to feel empowered!


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“GIRL POWER = empower, enhance, enable, engage.”
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“No one can stop you from dreaming. No one can stop you from keeping love in your heart. And no one can stop you from being the best YOU you can be.” ~ Jane Lee Logan
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“I am creating the life of my dreams. You can, too!”
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“Rule 91: When you decide to walk away, don’t look back.” ~ Jethro Gibbs, NCIS
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“Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported.”
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“I CAN AND I WILL.”
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“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~ Maya Angelou
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
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“You can’t knock a woman off a pedestal she built herself.”

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Quotes to Inspire Your Happiness in Life

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the meaning of happiness is “a state of well-being and contentment, joy; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.

I think we all strive to be happier in life, right? As Anne Frank said, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” She makes it sound rather easy, right?

Sometimes it’s harder than others, but inspirational quotes can help you stay focused on how to be happier.

Happiness requires a positive, grateful, and happy mindset. Training your mind to think about the positive, happy things in your life will help you create a more pleasant life.

Whereas, a mindset of negativity is going to attract unhappiness in your life.

Let these encouraging words for women and uplifting quotes about happiness bring you SMILES that create a happy mindset. And be sure to leave a comment about your favorite quotes!

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“People do not notice whether it is winter or summer when they are happy.” ~ Anton Chekhov
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“Happiness is a choice.” ~ Valerie Bertinelli
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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in HARMONY.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
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“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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“Enjoy the little things in life.”
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“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle
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“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
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“Be your own happy ever after.”
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“Don’t let the silly little things steal your happiness.”
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“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J D’Angelo
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“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
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“Happiness… what matters most.”

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Gratitude Can Change Your Life: Be Inspired

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence defines gratitude as “a state of mind that arises when you affirm a good thing in your life that comes from outside yourself.”

It is widely believed across the field of psychology that gratitude is connected to happiness, overall success in life, and better health. It helps you stay more present, mindful, and grounded to the joy about you.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Use and share these encouraging words for women and uplifting quotes about gratitude to develop and maintain an attitude of gratitude that shift your mindset to one of happiness and appreciation.

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“Inner peace doesn’t come from everything being good, but from looking for the good in everything.” ~ Jane Lee Logan
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“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” ~ Mary Davis
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“Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.”
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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
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“Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.”
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“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault
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What a precious privelege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
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“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
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“Focus on Gratitude”
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“Gratitude helps you see what’s there instead of what isn’t.”

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Positive Words of Wisdom to Inspire Your Best Life

Positivity is the key to all good things! But what exactly does that mean?

A Google search gives us a great definition for positivity: 1) the practice of being, or tendency to be, positive or optimistic in attitude.

This quote by Isaiah Hankel also resonates with me and provides great information about having a positive attitude:

Being positive, or having a positive attitude, doesn’t mean you live in Candyland. Positive people have real problems, too. They get angry. They challenge people and fight hard for what they believe in. Positivity is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about being strong. It’s about being self-aware and accountable for your emotional state.”

Positive thinking will always get you further in life than negative thinking. But sometimes we need a simple reminder like the quotes below. 

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“When you can’t find the sunshine, Be the sunshine.”
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“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~ Vivian Greene
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“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” ~ Les Brown
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“A great attitude becomes a great day which become a great year!”
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“Think positive… talk positive… feel positive.”
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“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
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“If you keep a positive attitude, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.”
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“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” ~ Buddha

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Final Thoughts: Uplifting Quotes and Encouraging Words for Women

Inspirational quotes and articles are a personal favorite of mine here at Sassy Sister Stuff, so I will be writing more over time. Meanwhile, there are many, many articles that include uplifting quotes and encouraging words for women. In fact, I try to include several inspirational quotes in most articles.

Furthermore, you can visit my article, Favorite Inspirational Quotes and Beautiful Words of Wisdom About Life, to find a complete list of articles that include uplifting quotes and images I’ve created about a variety of topics for women.


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Love to All! ~Susan

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